A majority of NFL teams plan on using the franchise tag on pending free agents, but the Chicago Bears announced last week that they will not. And some other teams have ruled it out internally.
Six players had been tagged with the franchise designation as of Tuesday night. Others who will be tagged by the Feb. 24 deadline include linebackers LaMarr Woodley (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Tamba Hali (Kansas City Chiefs), according to sources, and wide receiver Sidney Rice (Minnesota Vikings) could be.
The NFL Players Association is fighting the use of franchise tags, given the fact the collective bargaining agreement is set to expire March 3 and there is no guarantee the tags would be a part of the next labor deal.